(1) Personalities in the News - "General Walter Smith, U. S. Ambassador to Russia, presents his credentials at the Kremlin . . . Marlene Dietrich arrives in Paris to make a motion picture with Jean Gabin . . . Another screen celebrity, Madeline Carroll, is in Madrid for the same purpose. Doctor Nicholas Murray Butler, president emeritus of Columbia, is honored by his home town, Patterson, N.J." scenes of Walter Bedell Smith arriving in Russia (2) "Kwajalein: The finishing touches are put on preparations for Operation Crossroads at Bikini atoll. Photographers and pilots are briefed aboard the Carrier USS Saidor, as zero hour nears." (partial newsreel)
February 19, 2006 Subject:
Wow, Look at Those Gams....er...I Mean Propellers!
Newsreel excerpt from the late 40s reporting on sailors preparing for Operation Crossroads, another big atomic bomb test at sea. This mostly involves the narrator making light of airplanes crash landing on carriers. Preceding this is a collection of brief mentions of minor-league celebrities that probably few have heard of today, except, of course, Marlene Dietrich, who is in full flower here. An interesting, though brief, glimpse at the post-war period.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.